Run The Jewels Is Here To Stay
"I think this time we just tried to make a classic second rap album, if that makes any sense," El says. "A classic second group album where there's a little bit of growth." It's a new slant on a familiar direction for the duo, and underlines the statement that they've decided to make with this record: Killer Mike and El-P are no longer looking at Run The Jewels as a one-off project, or a combination of two solo artists for a series of songs. With this sophomore album, they're looking to put themselves up among the greatest groups in hip-hop history.
And they've got plenty to talk about. Though the album was already done before the civil unrest that has gripped the country truly took hold earlier this month, Run The Jewels has always incorporated political and social themes into their music, and this project is no different. Before they took the stage, Killer Mike and El-P sat down with XXL to talk about their new album, the protests in Ferguson, Mo. and what American citizens need to do better in this country. —Dan Rys
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